02 April 2012

Africa: Cessation, Repatriation

UNHCR's recent overview of its operational strategies in Africa references its "search for durable solutions" for several longstanding refugee situations. This includes applying the cessation clause to Angolan, Liberian and Rwandan refugees (see also earlier post) and promoting voluntary repatriation for various populations, as described below:

Burundi-Tanzania: Refugees Face Mounting Pressure to Go Home (IRIN, Feb. 2012) [text]

Dadaab at 20: Kenya’s Unwanted City (Think Africa Press, March 2012) [text]

Days Numbered for Liberian Refugees in Ghana (Liberian Times, March 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

IOM: Impossible to Meet April Deadline for Repatriating South Sudanese (VOA News, March 2012) [text]

IOM Resumes Voluntary Repatriation Of Angolan Refugees (IOM, Feb. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

IOM Returns 2,300 South Sudanese by Train; Welcomes Sudan and South Sudan's Framework Agreement to Protect Basic Freedoms of All Citizens (IOM, March 2012) [text]

Kenya: Somalia Unsafe for Refugees to Return (Human Rights Watch, March 2012) [text]

A Long Time Gone: Are Conditions Right for the Return of Congolese Refugees from Tanzania?, Dissertation submitted to the Department of Politics (University of York, 2011) [abstract]

Rwanda's Genocide Refugees and Invocation of the 1951 Refugee Convention's Section C's Cessation Clause (Birdsong's Law Blog, March 2012) [text]

Rwandan Refugees Still Reluctant to Repatriate (IRIN, March 2012) [text]

UNHCR Completes Repatriation of more than 24,000 Mauritanians (UNHCR, March 2012) [text]

Even as some refugee situations are coming to a close in Africa, new crises are unfolding such as the one in Mali. For updates, visit UNHCR's Mali Emergency page, ReliefWeb's information, and IRIN's reports.

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